October 04 2010 09:35PM
Over the next few days, Flames Nation will offer previews of every team in the Northwest division. To start off, here's an overview of the Vancouver Canucks.
Regular season – NW division champions: 103 points, 3rd seed in WC playoffs
Playoffs - Beat L.A. 4-2 in first round, lost 4-2 to Chicago in second round
Significant additions - Manny Malhotra, Raffi Torres, Dan Hamhuis, Keith Ballard
Injuries – Alexandre Burrows, and shockingly, Sami Salo
Key players – Sedins, Kesler, Luongo
Cap position – tight
Predicted finish - 1st in the division
The Canucks are this season's semi-fashionable pick to end Canada's Stanley Cup drought, given that they didn't lose any major contributors and might have added a couple of very nice, albeit somewhat overpaid D. The team also appears to have filled in a hole or two in their bottom six. As much as I might like to see them fail, Vancouver are division favourites for good reason.
October 04 2010 02:26PM
The Calgary Flames have officially signed forward Brendan Morrison to a contract. Numerous sources are now reporting it's a one year deal worth $725,000. It comes after a rash of injuries which have seen Calgary centres Daymond Langkow, Matt Stajan, David Moss and Ryan Stone all sidelined.
October 04 2010 11:23AM
According to various reports this morning, the Flames have made some additional cuts, the most interesting of which is Matt Pelech.
October 03 2010 04:32PM
Last time out was a nice little game for Calgary, which scored five goals in the second half of the game. So why not do it all again before doing it all again again on Thursday?
October 03 2010 01:20PM
With the injury woes the Flames have endured over the last few days, it was good to see both Olli Jokinen and Rene Bourque skating with the game group this morning. Both have missed some practice sessions, but I think we can be a little more confident that both will be good to go come October 7th. Tonight, it's the Flames and Oilers at the Saddledome to finish off both of their preseason schedules (6 pm, Rogers Sportsnet Flames, The FAN 960).